Burmese Buy Up Black-Market Cyclone Videos

People want 'to see what's happening,' says vendor
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 19, 2008 8:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Black-market videos of floating bodies, famished survivors, and cyclone-ravaged villages have become best-sellers in Burma, AP reports. The tapes are illegal because the nation's military junta wants to hide the extent of the devastation. "People buy them because they are interested in seeing what happened out there," said a street vendor who set up his video stall 2 days after the storm.